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Stick to Basics: Arab-Israeli Coexistence

Given his role in taking Britain into war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will be a tough job for Tony Blair to play the role of a peacemaker in the Middle East. However, he should lose no time trying to mediate the current factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah. He can't do this himself, and will need to get the Arab states more involved.

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AMviennaVA:

Frank/Frank Collins: Thank you for your illuminating comments.

AMviennaVA:

halozcel: A blogger posted "islamics stole israel 1400 years ago so its time to gie it back." I pointed out that the Romans 'cleansed' Palestine of the Jews in 79AD. For some reason you listed Biblical events with 'guesstimates' (and that is all they are) of the respective dates. (Also note the 'Philistines' aka 'Palestinians' in your list). (By the way, it is a very incomplete list of events for that region).

And you conclude "Where is the Palestine State?" WHO CARES? If it is important, please point me to a map from that era that shows the USA!

Lastly you pose the (rhetorical?) question "There are 22 arabic countries from Gulf to Morocco,not enough?" What is the relevance of that statement to the question of the blog not to mention the aspirations of a people (afterall, a nation is the people as you must surely know).

halozcel:

Johnathan Pollard/Asim and Amviennava,

You know wrong as well.There was never so-called Palestine State in History,and you know wrong Canaanite doesnt mean any ethnical group.
Canaanite is a language,subdivisions Phoenician,Ammonite(people founded Amman/Jordan),Moabite,Edomite,Hebrew.

Let me tell you the history.
3000 BC Early Bronze
2200 BC Middle Bronze
1800 BC Alalakh culture
1500 BC Mittani Kingdom
1400 BC Ugarit
1300 BC Hebrew
1200 BC Philistines and Judges
1000 BC David and Solomon,Temple
800 BC Fall of Samaria
700 BC Hezekiah
600 BC Fall of Jerusalem,Babylonian Captivity
500 BC Nehemiah,Ezra
400 BC Alexander
200 BC Macchabees
Anno Domini Destruction of Jerusalem

Where is the Palestine State?
There are 22 arabic countries from Gulf to Morocco,not enough?

PHIL
You know wrong as well.
Celts are not native people in England.Anglo-Saxon line founded by Egbert in 829 AD.
Moors were not the owners of Spain.
Australia-Aboriginal can not be an example for Promised Land-Jewish people.
U.S. back to the native is a funny intention.

Willad1:

Frank, don't you realize that when you persist in and escalate your sputtering commentary that you lose the interest of readers as well as your credibility. You disparage those who practice Islam for blaming others and then contradict yourself by blaming them for religious and geographical problems. In fairness you might want to be open to the fact that not all Muslims are of one mind - as it is with Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. The print and broadcast media has covered this very well. Did you miss it?

MASS:

All chroinc problems in the Middle East being in Lebanon, Afganistan, Iraq or Palestine are generated by one malicious power house named Israel. The unlimited support of the US to Israel from 1948 till now ,and the illegal creation of Israel on the ruins of Palestine, has led to unmatched state of disappointment and despair in the Middle East, which in turn has led to the creation of terrorist groups who are ready to sacrifice their own bodies in a holy war agianst Israel and US interests, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.
What do we expect from a palestinian refugee who has been deprived of all his belongings and thrown out of his country to live in a refugee camp for more than 60 years now.
The war in Iraq is nothing but an Israeli war unfortunately fought with US blood and US taxpayer's money.It is time for the US admin to wake up to the real cause of all problems in the area and to change its foreign policy categorically.

AMviennaVA:

frank collins @June 29, 2007 9:55 PM: You are not only ignorant of history, but ill mannered. Your first resort is name-calling. It only exhibits the limit of your knowledge and capabilities.

USA TODAY MODERATORS: Please DO Moderate.

Johnathan Pollard the Spy:

FRANK COLLINS?Surely not your real name.

U insist time and again on all threads to show your profound ignorance,stupidity and I might add your hate to Muslims and Arabs.We know who u are.

There was never any thing named israel in Palestine-all manfactured myths by zionists to ocuppy Arab Palestine who lived there since their forefathers the Cananites settled Palestine five thousand years ago and built Jerusalem. The fate of the jewish militaristic apartheid theocracy in Palestine will be no different than that of Apartheid South Africa.

why the wrong is ratified:

the world crises revolves around lack freedom. poor nation and people have no power to determine the course their history takes. the great powers are trying bulloz an bully weak nation as a result they are never ending crisis. if i may take the case of middle east, the west continue to support unpopular leadership and people have tried all means to reject them. hamaz won the national election in palestine yet they are unpopolar with the west who term as terrist group. who should determine the course of history in middle east, bush and the unpopular leadership or the people of middle east?

why the wrong is ratified:

the world crises revolves around lack freedom. poor nation and people have no power to determine the course their history takes. the great powers are trying bulloz an bully weak nation as a result they are never ending crisis. if i may take the case of middle east, the west continue to support unpopular leadership and people have tried all means to reject them. hamaz won the national election in palestine yet they are unpopolar with the west who term as terrist group. who should determine the course of history in middle east, bush and the unpopular leadership or the people of middle east?

why the wrong is ratified:

the world crises revolves around lack freedom. poor nation and people have no power to determine the course their history takes. the great powers are trying bulloz an bully weak nation as a result they are never ending crisis. if i may take the case of middle east, the west continue to support unpopular leadership and people have tried all means to reject them. hamaz won the national election in palestine yet they are unpopolar with the west who term as terrist group. who should determine the course of history in middle east, bush and the unpopular leadership or the people of middle east?

Anonymous:

the world crises revolves around lack freedom. poor nation and people have no power to determine the course their history takes. the great powers are trying bulloz an bully weak nation as a result they are never ending crisis. if i may take the case of middle east, the west continue to support unpopular leadership and people have tried all means to reject them. hamaz won the national election in palestine yet they are unpopolar with the west who term as terrist group. who should determine the course of history in middle east, bush and the unpopular leadership or the people of middle east?

Anonymous:

the world crises revolves around lack freedom. poor nation and people have no power to determine the course their history takes. the great powers are trying bulloz an bully weak nation as a result they are never ending crisis. if i may take the case of middle east, the west continue to support unpopular leadership and people have tried all means to reject them. hamaz won the national election in palestine yet they are unpopolar with the west who term as terrist group. who should determine the course of history in middle east, bush and the unpopular leadership or the people of middle east?

SAM:

All chroinc problems in the Middle East being in Lebanon, Afganistan, Iraq or Palestine are generated by one malicious power house named Israel.
Unless the USA stop their unlimited support to Israel and adopt a categorically new and fair foreign policy in the Middle East, hatered and bloodshed will unfortunately continue to persist in the area.
The only beneficiary from th war in Iraq is AIPAC and Israel.In fact, it is nothing but an Israeli war fought with US blood and US taxpaer's money.

AMviennaVA:

NO TO ISLAM: Actually, the Romans dispersed the Jews out of Palestine in 79 AD. They left the other inhabitants there.

Phil:

"islamics stole israel 1400 years ago so its time to gie it back."

I suppose in that case you would give the U.S. back to the native Americans, Australia back to their Aboriginals, Spain back to the Moors, England back to the Celts, etc.

At some point, you sort of have to accept that a country can become someone else's home. There are very few places that haven't changed hands over the last 1400 years.

box2222:

I still don't know what era or what planet you belong to.
You are accusing an elected goevernment and pushing for the one forced on.
If you believe in democracy Hamas should gouvern and has the right to do so.
You find people guilty before the trial.
why can't you write about usa and tell the truth
It's amazing how you analyse things.
If you are not going to be truthfull you should keep quiet, are you in the CIA's payroll as well.

Anonymous:

PALISRA could be the magic world for settlement.
It is a sad situation that both Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting and killing each other for more than 60 years now and unfortunately, no light could be seen at the end of this dark tunnel.
The geography and demography of the area that extends between River Jordan and the Mediterranean indicate the complexity of the current situation. Every party is trying hard to grab by mere force what is in the hand of the other. Many wars have been staged and thousands of innocent lives have been shed for this purpose.
Nowadays, almost everybody is talking about setting up two countries for both Israelis and Palestinians. This simply means that the land of historical Palestine will be divided between the two parties, Israelis and Palestinians.
I doubt very much that either party will be satisfied with his share of the cake. There are chronic problems like Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, borders, water resources that nobody on earth can sort out to the satisfaction of both parties.
The short vision of setting up two separate states could sow the seeds for more bloody conflicts in the future. Nobody can guarantee or secure permanent and lasting peace under this proposition.
A far better viable solution that should satisfy both parties and put an end to all complicated issues is available. It is the establishment of one secular country for all on the whole territory of historical Palestine that includes the West Bank and Gaza besides Israel. Jerusalem will remain united for both parties, settlements could remain where they are now provided an appropriate compensation is made to the original land owners, natural geographical borders are already in place for the whole country and the issue of refugees could be settled by allowing all refugees to return home and to be compensated for the 60 years of misery they had to spend at refugee camps. All citizens of the new state, PALISRA (Palestine +Israel), would enjoy equal rights and bear the same responsibilities.
The newly established state, PALISRA will emerge as a prosperous and safe country within a very short period of time, and citizens of this state will learn how to respect and even cherish each other. PALIRA will become a key player and an integral part of the Middle East as yesterday's enemies will become today's friends and allies for ever.

SAM:

The whole world will never see peace as long as the crime of the 20th century is not handled adequately.The legitimate state of Palestine was removed from the world map to be replaced by the illegitimate state of Israel with new immigrants from all over the world.Palestinians,being moslems or christians,were kicked out into refugee camps to be replaced by jews from Europe,Russia,Ethiopia etc.
Repercussions of this heinous crime are behind all turmoil and bloodshed in the Middle East including Iraq,Lebanon,Palestinian occupied territories,Syria,Iran etc.
The unlimited support of US to Israel is encouraging the latter to reject all UN resolutions on the Palestinian Issue including Resolution 194 which calls for the return of all Palestinian refugees home.It is time for the US admin to wake up to the real cause of all problems in the area and to change its foreingn policy categorically.

Anonymous:

Blair has no credibility left to be effective. It is just a project to passify the world by the lap poodle to George W. And American politics is rough enough to make sure that the Republicans will not hand over a peacefull, settled and calm Middle East to the Democrats. It does not pay, politically speaking.

As for the Quartett, the Russians are quite aware of this fact and are letting Blair to play a bit and make a bigger fool of himself.

Jay:

If there was any chance for Blair to succeed, it has been eliminated by the report that Condi Rice will continue to be the key negotiator and Blair will tend to "economic matters."
I would hope that Blair can accomplish something but he begins with 2 strikes against him - 1) he was chosen by George Bush who is extremely unpopular - even in the United States, and 2) he has taken positions which make him unacceptable to many that he will have to deal with, namely his support of Israel's continued excursion into Lebanon and, of course, his support of George Bush on Iraq.
The task of bringing peace to the Mideast requires a virtual superman. Unfortunately, none are now available.

Alan:

What Blair should push for is a take over of Gaza by Egypt, already worried by the connection between Hamas and the Moslem Brotherhood and Iran, and a return of the majority of the West Bank to Jordan.

The real concept that Blair will have to face up and get agreement upon is that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there never has been, and there never has been, nor will be, a Palestinian state. The failed mini-states of Gaza and the West Bank demonstrate this. Arafat invented this entire concept, which was accepted as politically correct by countries eager to keep their oil supplies flowing. It is time to accept that this concept has no basis in relaity, and work on a solution that actually could be achieved.

Dan :

Blair: A fool on a fool's errand. Of course, he's in good company, Olmer & Bush (for now). Really, wide-eyed tourists like that don't stand a chance against smart local hustlers like Abbas, Haniyeh, Assad, et al.

Fred - Bakersfield:

Let me just add to this nonsense I just wrote. It was the best I could do. To have Tony be the man-in-charge there is absolutely, totally, sick. It is insulting to the Arab World, it will cost more lifes, nothing will be achieved, except billions of $$$ will end up in various pockets like advisers, consultants, international contractors, and freelance experts. The same thing that happened in quickly straightening out Iraq will now happen in Gaza, West-Bank, and yes Israel. But what happened to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iran - not a word from them about this Tony. Worries me.

Fred - Bakersfield:

Tony Blair has his handsful here no doubt about it. Ofcourse he is a man of many years of experience. He needs help though. I understand that Ariel Sharon will be his righthand man. Others include Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein.

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Patrick Fahey:

Children and elderly people turning themsleves into bombs? Haniyeh's bloody "pusch" against the Palestinian Authority? Haniyeh's uncompromising stance against the 2-state solution? Fact: Haniyeh is the elected leader of the Palestinian people. Shim Jae Hoon discredits himself by injecting falsehoods into the debate. Hoon, a long-time journalistic CIA asset in Seoul, propagates the fiction of a U.S.-led "roadmap" to democracy for Palestinians, just as some believe that Iraq was a sincere exercise in nation building. Tony Blair is being sent in to manage negotiations of a puppet alliance propped up with $3.5 billion and a green light for Israel to continue assassinating Hamas officials, including Haniyeh. Blair has no credibility anywhere. He is STILL Bush's poodle. The US must lift the embargo, and insist that Israel negotiate with Hamas directly. Only the two elected governments can stop the violence against each other. Any other solution is a fiction.

Alcibiades:

Was it not the British who created the problem in the Middle East by favouring one nation over another for their own purposes, naturally? And now they are sent in to mediate? Forgive me, but I feel there are some very naive and some very cynical people involved here. As for the victim, I feel I know who that will be. But, not my problem for now.

Reno Chang:

Who will be chosen as Blair's deputy, I wonder? Paul Wolfowitz? Appointing Blair as peacemaker is just plain ... mean, and there's simply no other way to phrase this.

Sammy Abdul:

Mr. Shim Jae Hoon, how unfair and biased you are. You are complaining about about human bombs in 21st century but you failed to mention the greedy land grab, the 11,000 palestanians in prison for wanting their rights, for fighting for their independeance. The house demolitions, the extra-judicial killings and the building walls around peoples and keeping millions in virtual prison. Should this be happening in the 21 centruy? Could we be fair please?

Israel was made on other people's land without their permission. UN security council has nor had any Arab or even muslim representation (permanent membership). Would you like to give a part of your Korea to jews? Muslims did not hurt jews, it was European christians and the solution they found of their atrocities was to give someone elses land without their permission? You think that was fair?

The exterimism we see in Muslim world is the result of that unjustice. Is there any doubt about that? Unless peaceful solutions are found, next 50 years or sooner the world will go back to the equilibrium.

Sammy Farouk:

Mr. Shim Jae Hoon, how unfair and biased you are. You are complaining about about human bombs in 21st century but you failed to mention the greedy land grab, the 11,000 palestanians in prison for wanting their rights, for fighting for their independeance. The house demolitions, the extra-judicial killings and the building walls around peoples and keeping millions in virtual prison. Should this be happening in the 21 centruy? Could we be fair please?

Israel was made on other people's land without their permission. UN security council has nor had any Arab or even muslim representation (permanent membership). Would you like to give a part of your Korea to jews? Muslims did not hurt jews, it was European christians and the solution they found of their atrocities was to give someone elses land without their permission? You think that was fair?

The exterimism we see in Muslim world is the result of that unjustice. Is there any doubt about that? Unless peaceful solutions are found, next 50 years or sooner the world will go back to the equilibrium.

Jake:

Blair has blood on his hands, which will make his silver tongue a grand equivocation. Shim Jae Hoon does not see it. Better yet perhaps, he is not able to see it through the western-centric eyes of his.

Shim Jae Hoon's allusion of Britain being obliged by its colonial exposition in the region rings hollow, for it remains within the realm of mere superficial understanding, which is the root of the western thinkers benightedness on the issue.

Shim Jae Hoon, having personal experiences of the pains associated with colonial tyranny, should be able to shed light on the pains of Palestinian people. But alas, he is instead repeating the same wistful thinkings. That is trite.

civil wars settle matters:

blair should do nothing about the civil war - it should be allowed to play itself out - with a clear winner and a clear loser.
this idea that no one should lose only keeps the wars going on and on.

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